Marketing professionals are experts at masking certain bad foods. For example, some protein bars are glorified candies. Also, while plain Greek yogurt is good for you, the flavored versions are not. So how do you know whether what you’re eating is actually healthy?
Many people rely on help from nutritionists. Knowing what they consume and what their go-to snacks are for any situation is a start.
“I’m all about real food in portions,” Deborah Malkoff-Cohen, registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator, says. “Nothing is off the table.” Eating right is a lifestyle, not a diet.
What you have at home is important; it’s hard to know how your takeout food was actually prepared, Malkoff-Cohen says. Even if you order steamed vegetables or an omelet, the chances are they are made with a lot of butter or oil, with added salt, to taste good.
Don’t keep food in the house you don’t want or shouldn’t snack on. Fill the cabinets with healthy ingredients in case you want to snack right away. Having to go out to buy ice cream or fries may discourage you from actually doing it.
Basic nutrition is not rocket science, but the fact that consumers are constantly bombarded with different diet theories and varying research results quickly clouds what they think they know and often makes them second guess their choices.